Kiewa River

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Kiewa River
Kiewa River East branch, West Kiewa River (and various other forms)[1]
Perennial river
Mt Beauty Tawonga South aerial.jpg
Aerial view of Kiewa River,
flowing through the town of Mount Beauty (upper right), 2009.
Name origin: cy-a-nun-a, sweet, and wher-ra, water[2]
Country Australia
State Victoria
IBRA Victorian Alps
Municipalities Alpine, Indigo
Part of Murray catchment, Murray–Darling basin
Tributaries
 - left Pretty Valley Creek, Diamantina Creek, Running Creek (Victoria), Glen Creek, House Creek (Victoria), Hellhole Creek, Yackandandah Creek
 - right Rocky Valley Creek, Bogong Creek, Mountain Creek (Victoria), Gipsy Creek, Bay Creek, Mullagong Creek
Source Kiewa River East branch
 - location below Mount Bogong, near Clover Power Station
 - elevation 681 m (2,234 ft)
Source confluence West Kiewa River
Mouth confluence with the Murray River
 - location southeast of Albury and east of Wondonga
 - elevation 156 m (512 ft)
Length 109 km (68 mi)
Basin 1,750 km2 (676 sq mi)
Reservoir Lake Guy
[3][4]

Kiewa River, a perennial river that is part of the Murray catchment within the Murray-Darling basin, is located in the Alpine bioregion, in the Australian state of Victoria.

The Kiewa River is also known by several variations on its name in its upper reaches, variously named as Kiewa River East branch and West Kiewa River (or similar).[1]

The name Kiewa is derived from cy-a-nun-a, meaning sweet, and wher-ra, meaning water.[2]

Location and features[edit]

The river rises near Clover Power Station, on the slopes of Mount Bogong, the highest mountain in Victoria at 1,986 metres (6,516 ft). The main river is formed by the confluence of the Kiewa River East branch and West Kiewa River. The Kiewa River flows generally north northwest, joined by eleven minor tributaries, towards its confluence with the Murray River, southeast of Albury and east of Wondonga. The main river descends 525 metres (1,722 ft) over its 109 kilometres (68 mi) course,[3] sedately through cleared farming country downstream of Mount Beauty; while the West Kiewa River descends 850 metres (2,790 ft) over its 29 kilometres (18 mi) course,[4] in near-pristine ash and peppermint forest country where the flow is swift,[citation needed] upstream of the town of Mount Beauty.

The river is impounded by Lake Guy at 658 metres (2,159 ft) above sea level and other dams associated with the Kiewa Hydroelectric Scheme, which traps waters flowing from the Bogong High Plains. The McKay Creek and West Kiewa power stations are the major generating elements of the Scheme, which provides peak load to the Victorian electricity grid.

Within the Kiewa Valley are the towns of Mount Beauty, Tawonga, Tangambalanga/Kiewa Township, and Yackandandah.

Recreation activities[edit]

Tawonga Huts, a series of huts and ruins, are located on the lower reaches of the West Kiewa River, within Alpine National Park and are accessible by experience hikers.[5]

The upper reaches of the Kiewa River are a popular area for backcountry skiing through winter and through to the late the mid winter and early spring months. Snowfall is common in the upper reaches of the river during winter, with up to 90 inches (230 cm) precipitation, mainly as snow.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Search: Kiewa River". VICNAMES. Government of Victoria (Australia). Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Kiewa River: Origin/history". VICNAMES. Government of Victoria. 2 May 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Map of Kiewa River". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Map of Kiewa River West Branch". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Walks around the historic huts". Apine National Park. Parks Victoria. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Management Plan" (PDF). Alpine National Park: Bogong Planning Unit. Department of Conservation and Environment. September 1992. p. Summary. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 

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Coordinates: 36°07′S 146°56′E / 36.117°S 146.933°E / -36.117; 146.933